Meditation &
Workshops

Sue has been teaching pregnancy and birth preparation in Melbourne since 2005. Workshops are inclusive of LGBTIQ+ individuals and couples.

Thrive

with Sue Power & Jo Watson

Support to build confidence and develop coping skills as new parents 

Calmbirth®

Practical and emotional birth preparation and education

Meditation

Explore the benefits of meditation in pregnancy and every day life

Thrive

Facilitated by Sue Power and Jo Watson.

Support to build confidence and develop coping skills as new parents 

** Please note during this time the THRIVE courses are being offered via an interactive online platform with the option of tiered payments if experiencing financial difficulties.  Even more now during these times of physical distancing finding ways to connect with each other is important as a new mother.  Please be in touch to see how we can best support you during this time.  Mindfulness and other resources you will be exploring together will greatly assist with managing the extra challenges being experienced in this current period of isolation. 

When embarking on this new journey of parenthood there can be challenging transitions and a range of emotions.  Our new programme THRIVE aims to provide a safe, non-judgemental and nurturing environment to build confidence and develop coping skills.  Over 9 weeks we explore a different theme that includes mindfulness themes to enable you to:

  • Navigate change with self-awareness and compassion
  • Be aware of your reactions and respond wisely and calmly.
  • Be present and connected with yourself, your baby and the community around you.

Themes include Creative and Intuitive Parenting, the Challenges of Parenting in this Current Era, Identity as Mothers and Self-discovery, Navigating and Nurturing Relationship Changes, Birth and Sex, Maintaining Life Balance and Wellbeing, Creating Community and Family Rituals.

Babies are welcomed into the space as part of the course.  Open to any new mother or person who has given birth with babies from 0-6 months of age.  Numbers limited to a maximum of 10.

Cost:

Full Cost is $355

Please get in touch to discuss other payment plan options if these costs are prohibitive. If you can afford the full cost (or wish to contribute more) these funds will subsidise those who wish to attend but are experiencing financial hardship. 

The cost includes comprehensive notes, emails, supportive weekly practices and access to guided relaxations.

Current course: Running from 1st may to 26th of June (online)

Next course starts:  Friday 17th of July (hopefully in person).  The option of a 2nd group will also be offered TBA. (taking bookings or expressions of interest now…)

Calmbirth®

with Sue Power

Practical and emotional birth preparation and education

The calmbirth® philosophy is based on the belief that pregnancy, labour and birth are normal life events and that birth is a natural process. The calmbirth® workshops draw on contemporary birth physiology and neuroscience giving couples a greater understanding of the birthing process whilst aiming to understand and reduce fear and anxiety. With greater knowledge and understanding, women and their partners are able to feel confident to make informed decisions around their birth choices.

The workshops combine an understanding of the birthing process, the hormones of labour and birth and practical skills for managing pain, sensations and challenges of labour, that include breathing, relaxation and visualisation techniques, positioning and massage. Life after birth and the transition to parenthood and the role of the partner/support is also emphasised.

The comprehensive course is complementary to all models of care – private or public, birth centre or home-birth and are not an alternative to the birthing choices you have already made. You will gain practical knowledge and skills whether this is your first or third baby, or hoping to achieve a vaginal birth after a previous caesarean (VBAC). Refresher classes are also available for subsequent pregnancies if you’ve completed the original course.

Classes are held at My Midwives, Brunswick but during the period of isolation will be run online. 

*Courses are currently being run ONLINE at a reduced cost of $480 

In in person the cost is $550 in (for the two days) which includes the booklet, downloads and refreshments. ($150 non-refundable deposit secures your enrolment)

Weekend workshops run from 9am to approx 4.30pm over two days.

UPCOMING DATES

Please check the booking link below which will let you know if the course has any availabilities. 

2020

15th & 22nd of March (fully booked with waiting list) REGISTER HERE

*** Until further notice the next courses from April will be run online via an interactive conference call set up.  These courses are being offered at a reduced rate of $480.  Please be in touch if you are experiencing financial difficulties (there are a limited number of spaces available for those experiencing significant financial hardship). 

4th & 5th of April   (Now Full) REGISTER HERE

2nd & 9th of MAY (Now Full) REGISTER HERE

24th & 31st of (Now Full) MAY  REGISTER HERE

No June course

Please contact Jules at http://www.birthworkshops.com.au or Kath at http://www.kathscalmbirth.com.au for their June availabilities. 

19th & 26th of July (Currently one space available) REGISTER HERE * note this class may need be run online if isolation recommendations continue and the course price will be reduced accordingly. Please only pay deposit at this time.

9th & 16th of August REGISTER HERE 

6th & 13th of September

4th & 11th of October 

22nd & 29th of November

6th & 13th of December

Meditation

Weekly 1hr mindfulness meditation practice during pregnancy

PLEASE NOTE MEDITATION IN PREGNANCY WILL NOT BE RUNNING AS OF THE 20TH OF DECEMBER UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.  

Insight Meditation Melbourne runs weekly meditation sits at Ceres Brunswick East.  These are now also running online Mondays and Wednesday evenings from 7.30-8.30pm. Details can be found on their website. 

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